Best Practices : Budgeting in Small Police Agencies

The best police chiefs are never satisfied with the status quo and are always seeking ways to improve themselves and their departments. Police chiefs also realize that money is the fuel that runs their organization. To accomplish their goals, law enforcement leaders must have sufficient funding. Funding is received through the budgeting process. If the department fails in the budgeting process, it is likely to fall short of meeting its year goals. Few law enforcement officers climb the organizational ladder in aspiration of working on a budget. Budget development requires the chief to step our of a “comfort zone” of operational procedures and into the administrative and political environment.

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